I'm Michael Yip

With 20+ years in the video and photography industry, I've been engaged to cover quite a number of historical events that happened across the Asian region in the recent years. From the 1st Formula 1 race in Malaysia to the SEA Games in Laos and Olympics in Australia. Since 2010, based out of Kuala Lumpur, my team and I have been engaged to cover a number of corporate clients and notable individuals as well as festivals in the Asian region. To get in touch with us to use our service, Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through ABOOD PLT., my team and I also provides Event Production as well as Procurement services. Our core team has a combined 30+ years of experience in the event industry organizing festivals and corporate functions as well as corporate training services. We also have a team that has a strong network in the business world that enabled us to provide procurement services to various businesses looking for specific items or services. To reach out to us, you can drop me a message via the floating button at the bottom right or write in to us at info@mikeyip.com or aboodmediamy@gmail.com

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.

Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama


Photographer/Video Producer


Abood PLT

Procurement Services and Event Management

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd

My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions


Confirmed Bookings for 2018


Confirmed Destinations for 2018


Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018


Talks Confirmed for 2018


Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Procurement Services and Event Management

Through Abood PLT, we specializes in helping brands in 2 big ways, providing a customized procurement solutions for their business needs. We also tailor make events for organizations from corporate training to roadshows and tournaments.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.


We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs
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My Experience with AstraZeneca Vaccine Dose #1


Just documenting my experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine that the Malaysian government opened for opt-in on the 2nd of May. To gauge the response, I think they only opened the opt-in program to the Klang Valley folks.

May 2nd, 1300hrs

I actually tried to register at 12pm but somehow, a lot of people had the same idea and jammed up the system. Finally managed to register at 1pm.

May 2nd, 1500hrs

Within 3 hours since registration was opened, all the available spots was snapped up. So this only show that people wants to be vaccinated and I do hope the government would speed up the process, especially for the older age groups to get vaccinated.

May 3rd, 1010hrs

By 10am, I got confirmation for my vaccination slot, now next update, will be the experience at the vaccination center this Friday.

May 7th

The day of the vaccination, will be updating live on twitter.com/mikeyipdotcom and share the progress screenshots here at the end of the day.

Now that I'm home, can only self monitor and see what side effects the Astra vaccine do to my body as I've read friends' postings saying how they are now having fever or body aches after their vaccinations from the previous day.

Post Vaccination
Just a simple update on what's happening to my body post vaccination.

The next dose will be in 12 weeks time, based on the vaccination card they gave. That'll be for another day. How did your vaccination go, do share your adventure with me.

Malaysian Grocery Delivery Services To Use During Covid-19 Restriction of Movement order


Keep yourself safe at home during this covid-19 season! Here is a list of online grocery shopping stores you can use.


1. Mygroser - https://www.mygroser.com (same day delivery, 9 am to 9 pm daily including public holidays, have their own physical store, cold storage rooms and bakery to ensure cleanliness and freshness)
2. Happyfresh - https://www.happyfresh.my (same day delivery, choose from a range of supermarkets in your area, daily 10 am to 9 pm including public holidays)
3. Tesco - http://eshop.tesco.com.my (next day delivery, 10 am to 10 pm daily including public holidays,pickup at store possible)
4. Mydin - https://www.mydin.com.my/online-store/onlinestore (next day delivery, 10 am to 10 pm daily including public holidays, pickup at store possible)
5. Jaya Grocer - https://www.jayagrocer.com (next day delivery, 10 am to 9 pm including public holidays)
6. Redtick - https://shop.redtick.com (next day delivery, limited locations)
7. Pantry Express - https://www.pantryexpress.my (3 to 5 days delivery excluding public holidays, 8 am to 6 pm)
8. Potboy - https://potboy.com.my (delivery 3 to 5 working days, but NO delivery fees)

** please note that same day delivery is subject to there being available slots for the day

1. Redtick Plus - https://plus.redtick.com/ (deliver 1 to 5 working days)

1. My Seafood Mart - http://myseafoodmart.com/ (2pm to 8 pm daily except certain public holidays, Klang Valley only) 
2. Fish Club - https://fishclub.my/ (delivery time 3 to 5 days, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (JB) and Thurs (KL /Penang)
3. Fish for It - https://www.fishforit.com.my (flash frozen, delivery within 48 hours, deliver to Klang Valley, nationwide possible)
4. Fresh Seafood Malaysia - https://www.freshseafoodmalaysia.com (delivery on weekdays only, nationwide  to Georgetown, Ipoh, Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan and Johor Bahru)
5. My Fishman - https://myfishman.com/ (11 am to 7 pm, Wed to Sat, nationwide delivery)

1. Signature Market - https://www.signaturemarket.co/my/marketplace/ (delivery nationwide 7 to 10 working days)
2. Everleaf - https://www.everleafstore.com/ (local farm produce , delivery Klang Valley only 4 to 5 days)
3. Organic Express - https://organicexpress.my/ (delivery nationwide 3 to 5 working days)
4. Organic4U - https://www.organic4u.com.my (organic farm produce, delivery Klang Valley only, 10 am to 6 pm, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) 
5. TM Organic Farms - https://www.tmorganicfarms.com/#/ (weekly organic box deliveries to Klang Valley)

Full Transcript for Malaysia Budget 2020 | #belanjawan2020

If you're looking for the full speech of the 2020 Budget presentation by YB Lim Guan Eng, here's the transcript for your easy reference. Personally, felt the presentation to be very cohesive with something for everyone. Especially with all the goodies for Malaysians@Work which helps both the employees and the employers.

Which part of the Belanjawan2020 is your favorite?

Why is IPCMC Bill important

The Pakatan Harapan government tabled a Bill to set up an independent external oversight body of the police force, an initiative that has long been demanded by civil society to deal with allegations of police misconduct including custodial deaths.
The Bill is quite a comprehensive draft of the proposed law, with 38 pages covering 60 main provisions and explanatory notes to cover any possible issues that one might be able to think of.
Below is Malay Mail’s quick guide to the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill:
1. What is it called?
The IPCMC Bill will be called the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission Act 2019, or the IPCMC Act if it is passed as law.
2. What will it do?
The Bill is to set up the IPCMC and state its functions and powers, as well as what kind of complaints regarding the police would be handled and how these complaints would be investigated, and disciplinary proceedings to deal with misconduct and the punishments that can be meted out on errant police personnel.
The Bill lists five functions that the IPCMC will have, namely to promote integrity within the police force as well as to advise the government and recommend measures for such promotion of integrity; to protect public interest by dealing with police misconduct; to formulate and put in place mechanisms for the detection, investigation and prevention of police misconduct; and to “exercise disciplinary control” over the police.
The IPCMC’s powers include advising the government on the enhancement of the police’s welfare and well-being, and to audit and monitor police facilities, operations and procedures.
3. But who will scrutinise the police?
The IPCMC is to have 10 appointed members at maximum — including a chairman and deputy chairman, but with the condition that none of them is a current or former police personnel or a public servant.
The IPCMC members’ appointments by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the prime minister is for a maximum three-year term, and they can only hold the position for a maximum two terms in a row. The paid position is revocable by the Agong.
Being an IPCMC commissioner is a serious job which will be lost if one becomes bankrupt, becomes a federal or state lawmaker (MP or ADUN), or is convicted of an offence involving corruption, fraud, dishonesty or punishable with imprisonment or a RM2,000 fine, or is absent from three IPCMC meetings in a row without permission, or is of unsound mind or incapable of discharging one’s duties. 
4. More than the IPCMC ten
Besides having up to 10 members, the IPCMC will also have appointed officers to carry out the work, including officers seconded from other government agencies to be investigators, or lawyers in private practice or those from the Judicial and Legal Service.
If you are being acted against or have been asked for information from someone claiming to be from IPCMC, you can ask them to produce their authority card — a card which will be signed by the IPCMC chairman and issued to IPCMC’s members and officers.
The IPCMC can also request to use the services of any staff or facilities of a government department or local authority or statutory authority, and also for help from any government officer or member of the police.
The IPCMC can also work together with and share information that shall be kept confidential to other enforcement agencies or state or federal government departments, while the police force also has the responsibility to co-operate and assist the IPCMC such as by providing information within their control or ability to obtain.
Although IPCMC commissioners cannot be former police officers, they can engage the services of retired or former police officers and others to be consultants. (The consultants can be part of task forces set up by the IPCMC to investigate cases of grievous hurt or death in police custody.)
5. What can the public complain about?
Under Section 22 of the proposed law, the public can write in to the IPCMC’s Complaints Committee about alleged misconduct by the police, including actions or inaction that are:
  • against the law
  • unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or improperly discriminatory
  • done on improper motives, irrelevant reasons or consideration
  • failure to provide reasons when it should have been given
  • failure to comply with rules and standard operating procedures
  • crime committed by a police personnel
But the action complained of does not include those already regulated under the Police Act’s Sections 96 and 97, including police regulations made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong covering matters such as promotions, demotions, leave of absence, and administrative orders made by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) via standing orders.
The IPCMC can on its own initiative start an investigation, if it is satisfied that the matter is of significant public interest or that it would be in the public interest to probe whether or not a complaint was made.
The police is required to refer to the IPCMC any incident which resulted in “grievous hurt” or the death of any person detained or kept under police custody. 
The IPCMC has the power to visit police stations, lock-ups and detention centres and to make the necessary recommendations.
6. Filtering of complaints
The IPCMC’s Complaints Committee will go through the complaints and decide on four categories that will determine where the complaint will be forwarded to for further action, or if the complaint should be rejected.
Complaints on alleged police misconduct under Section 22 will be referred to the IPCMC for investigation; complaints on alleged corruption offences covered under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act will be referred to the MACC; while complaints on alleged criminal offences under any other laws will be referred to the relevant authority.
To make sure your complaints are not recommended by the Complaints Committee to the IPCMC for rejection, the complaint should not:
  • be on trivial matters or not made in good faith
  • be about a misconduct that happened at “too remote a time” (too long ago) for an investigation to be justified
  • have an alternative and satisfactory means of redress
  • have been part of a final decision by the court or still part of pending court cases including appeals
  • be repetitious and contain no fresh allegation that would significantly affect the content of the complaint
7. IPCMC’s powers to investigate the complaint
Once your complaint on alleged police misconduct has been referred to the IPCMC for investigation, what can it do?
The IPCMC actually has extensive powers to make sure co-operation is provided (by showing up or providing documents or a sworn statement with information) for its investigation into the complaint, as the proposed law will punish those who fail to co-operate with a maximum RM10,000 fine or two years’ jail or both.
8. What happens to the investigation results?
The IPCMC officer who conducted the investigations will pass the findings to the Complaints Committee.
The Complaints Committee will then have four options, including: refer the findings to MACC if corruption offences under the MACC Act are found; refer to other relevant authority if criminal offences under any other law are found; or refer to the IPCMC if findings show any misconduct in order to start disciplinary proceedings.
But if the finding does not show any misconduct, the Complaints Committee will record the findings.
The IPCMC will inform the person who made the complaint what action has been taken.
9. Disciplinary action
The IPCMC will set up a Disciplinary Board to deal with misconduct complaints against members of the police force.
The Disciplinary Board will be a five-man panel chaired by an IPCMC member, with the rest being two IPCMC members, the IGP or a police representative with higher rank than the accused, and a Police Service Commission representative who is not from the police force.
If the misconduct complaints are against the IGP, the Chief Secretary to the Government will form a Special Disciplinary Board to preside over the disciplinary proceedings.
The IPCMC will have the authority to impose disciplinary action on any member of the police force for misconduct found, including:
  • warning
  • fine
  • forfeiture of emoluments
  • deferring salary movements
  • reduction of salary or reduction in rank
  • dismissal 
The IPCMC can also impose a surcharge on any police personnel that will be recorded in their record of service. (Under the Financial Procedure Act 1957, a surcharge is imposed on a government employee for financial-related failures such as improper payment of public money, failure to collect money owed to the government, destruction of government property).
10. Witness protection and other safeguards
With such a range of penalties on errant police officers possible, the IPCMC Bill outlines the protection for potential and existing witnesses, including by making it a crime for anyone who tries to block or uses threats to discourage a person from testifying before the IPCMC.
It will also be a crime to threaten, insult or injure anyone because they gave evidence before the IPCMC.
Both offences are punishable with a maximum two-year jail term or maximum RM10,000 fine or both.
If it appears that a witness or person helping IPCMC may be the target of intimidation, harassment or have their safety at risk, the IPCMC can make the necessary arrangements to protect them from such threats.
The IPCMC can direct the IGP or a public body to provide the protection or personnel or facilities to help in providing such protection, while anyone who contravenes the IPCMC’s orders to protect can be punished with a maximum RM10,000 fine or maximum two-year jail term or both.
Similar to contempt of court, anyone who disrespects, insults or threatens an IPCMC member commits contempt that is punishable by a maximum RM10,000 fine or maximum two-year jail term or both.
The IPCMC’s officials cannot be sued in court if they had acted in good faith, and evidence before the IPCMC will not be admissible in civil or criminal proceedings against those who complied with the IPCMC in good faith by giving evidence — including the giving of a sworn statement or document.
To ensure confidentiality, the proposed law will punish any IPCMC official or consultant or anyone disclosing information relating to IPCMC affairs unless authorised by the IPCMC or required for any civil or criminal proceedings. The penalty is a maximum RM10,000 fine or maximum two-year jail term or both.
The attorney general’s consent as the public prosecutor is required for any prosecution to be initiated in court for any of the offences listed in the IPCMC Bill.
11. If you have conflict of interest, say it and stay out
The IPCMC Bill has strict provisions that appear aimed at fiercely guarding the IPCMC’s independence. 
Other than not being allowed to have ever been in the police force, an IPCMC member must declare if they have an interest in any case under discussion by the IPCMC — whether it is a direct or indirect interest because of their family member or associate — and to then recuse themselves from being part of any discussion or decision-making on the misconduct case.
Any IPCMC officer or consultant with similar interest or connection to any police officer being probed for misconduct must also declare it, and not be involved in the IPCMC investigation for that case.
Parliament is to allocate adequate funds each year for the IPCMC. 
The IPCMC will also table an annual report to Parliament listing its activities and the action it has taken on matters referred to it, with the report to be submitted at Parliament’s second meeting at the latest.
12. What will happen to the EAIC
This law will dissolve the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) by repealing the 2009 law that established it.
Under the proposed IPCMC Act, EAIC officers will become IPCMC officers, while any pending complaint, investigation, finding or hearing regarding the police that the EAIC was handling will be handled by the IPCMC and completed within six months of the new law coming into effect.
All complaints, investigations, findings and hearings related to enforcement agencies other than the police — which the EAIC also handled — will be referred to the respective enforcement agency’s Disciplinary Authority.
The proposed IPCMC Act also states that all pending disciplinary proceedings on misconduct before the police’s Disciplinary Authority — prior to this Act becoming law — will continue.
13. Ok, when will this IPCMC Bill become law?
Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong tabled this Bill at the Dewan Rakyat for first reading on July 18, with the Bill expected to be debated and voted on in the next parliamentary meeting in October.
It will only become law if it is passed by both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, and granted royal assent by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and will only come into effect on a date to be fixed by the prime minister that will be announced via a government gazette.

An update on Yayasan Kanser Malaysia

As some of you that follows me on the various social media channels know, I've recently been engaged to assist Yayasan Kanser Malaysia on top of my own projects. And as we sat down and go through all the stuff that is with YKM, we found out that there's many out there that claims to be part of YKM and going around applying for loans and grants using forged documents.

So I'm putting it out here now, to let everyone know that there's only 1 actual Yayasan Kanser Malaysia, on the internet, you can find them via:

Website: http://www.yayasankansermalaysia.org
Facebook: http://www.fb.com/yayasankanser
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/yayasankanser
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yayasankanser
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/yayasankanser

For verification, please always check with the Suruhanjanaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) on the Updated Board of Directors list for Yayasan Kanser Malaysia.

If you have come across anyone/team that goes around indicating they are from YKM, please inform the foundation at info@yayasankansermalaysia.org and inform the nearest police station regarding the fraud. All emails correspondent, as far as I know, will only come from @yayasankansermalaysia.org OR yayasankanser@gmail.com

If you'd like any further clarification, do contact them at the emails stated or you can message me on Facebook at http://m.me/mikeyipdotcom

Will update more as time progress, looking at what YKM has planned up for 2019, I am excited to be part of the adventure.

My 1st Tattoo

After 40 years on this planet, I finally got my 1st tattoo done when I was in Bali for a dance festival. Of course, this only made possible thanks to the constant pestering by le wifey as she wanted to get hers fixed as well. Through recommendations of a few Balinese friends, we made an appointment with Berlin Tattoo and as we are friends of his friends, he made special arrangement to drop by our hotel so we don't have to waste time getting stuck in traffic to go to his parlour.

The design I had in mind for years is one that reflects on the Ying & Yang, it represents the balance of power. Both are the Buddhist Symbols which refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet at the same time similar mortal enemies intricately linked together by destiny. It represents both the 'Hard' and the 'Soft' style of power. Able to guess what the design I wanted to go with based on those clues?

It was this, the Dragon vs Tiger. The tiger represents the hard style as it attacks bulldozing the opponent, while the dragon represents the soft style with more patience and wisdom. Neither of them are able to conquer the other which makes them worthy opponents. So the tattoo/art represents the balance of both styles similar to how Yin-Yang represents the harmony attained through the balance of opposing forces.

It took Berlin quick work in getting the tattoo done, I've friends telling me that despite the intricacies and small size, it'll take at least 2 hours to get the ink in. But from the time he got to my hotel room, to getting things ready, showing me all the new needles he is using, tracing my design out and marking them on my body, to eventually putting the ink and telling me All Done!, Only 45 minutes! Yup, all those steps in such a short time. And I was expecting to sit there for hours with him jabbing me with needles.

From Art to Tattoo...

Funny part was, I didn't know he even started until le Wifey took a photo and showed me when it's almost done. Was told by Berlin that my skin was easy to work with and the best part is, because I didn't feel any pain, he could do quick work without any interruptions (except for the occasional gasp and curses, but that's due to me dying in PUBG Mobile that affected my ranking points).

The final result can only be seen 2 weeks after the tattoo was done, after all the dead skins got peeled off (I couldn't scratch them off and had to let the skin fall off by itself). Am definitely happy with the results, the little shading and added details gave the tattoo a beautiful feel.

Would I get another? Maybe.... if I can think of a new design that I want to translate into tattoo.

Do you have a tattoo? Comment below, tell me about your experience!

70th anniversary of the Malayan Emergency

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Emergency, a 12-year war declared by the then British colonial power against the insurgent anti-colonial forces led by the Communist Party of Malaya.
It is not a well-publicised fact that the Central Committee of the CPM launched the armed struggle only in December 1948, six months after the declaration of State of Emergency by the British colonial government in June.
Surprisingly, there has been no commemoration of this anti-colonial struggle by the Government or our local universities, leaving it to civil society to remind the country of this fateful turn of our peoples’ history.
It is hoped that in the “new” Malaysia, Malaysian historical facts can be set in perspective so that the new generation understands the class forces that were arraigned during the anti-colonial struggle, know who the real anti-colonial fighters were and the structure of the Merdeka Agreement that was in keeping with British colonial strategy.
Five key questions about Malaysian history
This alternative history poses 5 key questions for Malaysians today:
  1. Who were the patriots who fought to liberate the country from the British colonial power and the Japanese fascists during WWII and who were the pretenders?
  2. Which parties stood for genuine and inclusive multi-ethnicity?
  3. How would the nation have developed if the “People’s Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition had been adopted?
  4. What is the so-called “Social Contract” we have today and was it the same at Independence?
  5. How did the pattern of communalist politics that has plagued Malaysia for so long come about?
The most complete record yet compiled on the Emergency (1948-60) was written by British academic Anthony Short, commissioned by the Malayan Government and given full access to confidential and secret papers. When his finished manuscript was handed over in October 1968, Short had to wait three years before being told that it was not to be published!
Official history of Emergency banned by government
Nevertheless, his work “The Communist Insurrection in Malaya, 1948-60” was eventually published in 1975 while Short was senior lecturer at Aberdeen University. For many years, this book was banned in Malaysia.
Isn’t it time we had an official explanation of why Anthony Short’s commissioned history of the Emergency was rejected by the government?
On this 70th anniversary of the Emergency, is it not time for Malaysians to read Short’s book and for the 70-year secret documents to be declassified for the benefit of scholars and other Malaysians?
Isn’t it time the country properly acknowledges the contributions of the patriotic class forces in all the ethnic communities to Independence and nation building?
Who were the main opponents of the British colonial power and who put up a protracted struggle to end the exploitation of the country’s natural and human resources while forging a truly multi-ethnic peoples’ united front?
The Umno leadership after the Second World War represented the interests of the Malay aristocracy. They were by no means anti-colonial and did not challenge British interests.
The workers’ movement was the main threat to colonial interests and the Federation of Malaya proposals culminating in the Merdeka Agreement were intended to deflect the working-class revolt by introducing communalism in the Independence package.
Alliance Party was a neo-colonial solution for the aristocracy and capitalists
Any history textbook on the Emergency has to include the history of Malayan workers’ struggles that has been so well written by M.R. Stenson.
The Emergency was as much a crackdown on the workers’ movement as it was a war against the anti-colonial insurrection.
The subsequent “Alliance Formula” comprising the Malay aristocratic class and non-Malay capitalist class was designed to deal with the workers’ revolt and put in place a neo-colonial solution. Thus, the ‘Alliance (racial) Formula’ with all its contradictions was devised in Independent Malaya.
The so-called “Social Contract” would have looked very different if the “Peoples’ Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition representing the workers, peasantry and disenchanted middle class had won the day.
The Malay Nationalist Party (MNP) called for, among other things: the right to self-determination of the Malayan people; equal rights for all ethnic communities; freedom of speech, press, meeting, religion; improving standard of living of all the people; improving farming conditions and abolishing land tax; improving labour conditions; education reform on democratic lines; fostering friendly inter-ethnic relations.
People’s Constitution from the anti-colonial movement
The anti-colonial movement demanded self-government and their AMCJA-PUTERA coalition put forward their “Peoples’ Constitutional Proposals”.
Imagine what our nation would have become had this “People’s Constitution” been the federal constitution at Independence.
This coalition encapsulated a more genuine multi-ethnic approach compared to the “communal formula” of the Alliance that was made up of racially-based parties and fraught with contradictions from the start.
The component parties in the Alliance (now the Barisan Nasional) were unashamedly racial and have been dominated by Umno from the start.
The Prime Minister in the “new” Malaysia does not see the incongruence in heading a racially defined “Parti Pribumi”.
These race-based parties would find it difficult to justify themselves if there was an Equality Act or if Malaysia ratified the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination.
The Malayan workers’ movement and radical intelligentsia in the anti-colonial coalition of AMCJA-PUTERA displayed strong organisation, solidarity and inter-ethnic unity and this history is a source of inspiration and a model of genuine multi-ethnic cooperation for Malaysians today.
Through this struggle, they developed an awareness of nationalism and anti-imperialism and the socialist road to egalitarian development.
British communalist strategy to dive and rule
The British colonial power used its communalist strategy to divide this anti-colonial movement using the issue of citizenship for the Non-Malays and reneging on the promises of civil equality for all. What would it have been like if all Malayans had been granted genuine civil liberties and political equality?
The anti-colonial movement was defeated largely because the Malay peasantry had been isolated from the movement, buffered from capitalist exploitation in the estates, factories and other urban industries. The colonial state did not hesitate to use crude racial and religious propaganda against the movement.
If Malaysia is to have a viable future and a new agenda for change involving all Malaysians, we must demand a fair, socially just, equal and democratic country that respects human rights and breaks through to a people-centred non-racial agenda for change.
And when we do, imagine how much we will be able to celebrate at the 100-year anniversary of the Malayan Emergency?
Kua Kia Soong is adviser to Suaram.

Fragility of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are not scalable and are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS)said on Sunday in its latest warning about the rise of virtual currencies.

For any form of money to work across large networks it requires trust in the stability of its value and in its ability to scale efficiently, the BIS, an umbrella group for the world's central banks, said in its annual report.

But trust can disappear instantly because of the fragility of the decentralized networks on which cryptocurrencies depend, the BIS said.

Those networks are also prone to congestion the bigger they become, according to the BIS, which noted the high transaction fees of the best-known digital currency, bitcoin, and the limited number of transactions per second they can handle.

"Trust can evaporate at any time because of the fragility of the decentralised consensus through which transactions are recorded," the Switzerland-based group said in its report.

"Not only does this call into question the finality of individual payments, it also means that a cryptocurrency can simply stop functioning, resulting in a complete loss of value."

The BIS' head of research, Hyun Song Shin, said sovereign money had value because it had users, but many people holding cryptocurrencies did so often purely for speculative purposes.

"Without users, it would simply be a worthless token. That's true whether it's a piece of paper with a face on it, or a digital token," he said, comparing virtual coins to baseball cards or Tamagotchi.

The dependency of users on so-called miners to record and verify crypto transactions is also flawed, according to the BIS, requiring vast and costly energy use.

It has issued a series of warnings this year after an explosive rise in cryptocurrency values attracted a wave of followers.

Agustin Carstens, general manager of the BIS, has described bitcoin as "a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster".

The BIS has told central banks to think hard about the potential risks before issuing their own cryptocurrencies.

No central bank has issued a digital currency, though the Riksbank in Sweden, where the use of cash has fallen, is studying a retail e-krona for small payments.

The BIS also said in its annual report that effective regulation of digital coins needed to be global, targeting both regulated financial institutions as well as companies offering crypto-related services.

Grandparents Medical Advices that are lies

Growing up, we all experienced it (especially the Asian families), when we get sick or did something our grandmother doesn't like, she will throw out some medical "Facts" that makes us set things right faster than a lightning strike.

Did you experienced similar "advice" from your grandparents? Comment below and let me know what is the most common ones you get from your grandparents.

The following list explains the myths that just won’t seem to die.

Lie #1: “If you swallow chewing gum, it will never leave your body”

There are many variations of this myth. There are versions that specify the number of years it remains stuck in the body. There are those that say the gum gets stuck to the walls of your digestive system.

FACT: The gum will pass through your system and be excreted. Since it cannot be digested, it will come out whole as it was when it was swallowed. The chemicals that you cannot digest are those that give the gum its rubbery quality. But having said that, it’s not a good idea to swallow large amounts of gum anyway as there are cases of kids suffering from severe constipation after having swallowed too much gum.

Lie #2: “If you sit on a pillow, a boil will grow on your butt.”

This one is a Malaysian staple. In Bahasa Melayu it goes: “Kalau duduk atas bantal nanti punggung berbisul”.

This doesn’t make sense at any level but because it’s a scary enough thought, we still avoid planting ourselves on cushy pillows. A hundred years ago someone probably had some very nice pillows she didn’t want anyone sitting on and thought, “Why not scare the crap out of kids to stop them from squishing my pillows?”

FACT: A boil is an infected hair follicle. Technically, sitting on filthy pillows could cause boils but only if you did it buck naked.

Lie #3: “If you shave, your hair grows back thicker”

Nope, it doesn’t. It only looks that way. This might be right for the pubescent boy but only because puberty is making him more hairy. The act of shaving however, doesn’t contribute to thicker hair growth.

FACT: What might explain this phenomenon that many still swear by is that after shaving, stubbles appear which give the appearance of thick hair. However, once these stubbles start to grow out, it will be the same thickness as the hair before it.

Lie #4: “Eating watermelon seeds can cause appendicitis”

Appendicitis occurs when you have an infection of the appendix, which can be caused when debris is lodged in the tube-shaped sac. So, this “lie” should make sense, right?

FACT: Well, the answer is maybe. Some studies show there is a negligible correlation between swallowing fruit seeds and the onset of appendicitis. However, these studies do have their shortcomings as well. Therefore, it may be best to err on the side of caution and refrain from swallowing seeds. They don’t taste nice anyway. And definitely, don’t swallow durian seeds!

Lie #5: “Don’t give that kid candy or he will get a sugar rush.”

This is the biggest myth as many parents swear sugar is the culprit behind the hyperactivity of their toddlers.

FACT: This “sugar rush” state is simply not real. But it is still not a good idea to feed your kids too much sugar. Sugar addiction is a real threat to health and the rate of obesity among children and adults today is testimony to this. So, this just might be one of those white lies that we should keep alive.

Lie #6: “Chocolate gives you acne.”

Although this is a lie, don’t go grabbing that bar of Cadbury just yet. While previous studies have shown chocolate doesn’t cause acne, dermatologists point the finger at the sugar and fat content of chocolate, saying these ingredients can cause pimples. But this too has come under heavy criticism although subsequent studies show there just may be a link.

FACT: The jury is still out. Common sense says that if you experience a breakout after indulging in way too many Kinder Buenos, it’d be best to avoid them.

Lie #7: “Men don’t get breast cancer.”

This is a relatively modern myth. While the pink ribbon campaign to increase breast cancer awareness among women has been a success, men still often ignore early warning signs and are diagnosed only when the cancer is at an advanced stage.

FACT: Men also have breast tissue and after puberty develop ducts, lobules and connective tissues just like their female counterparts. The only difference is that women develop far more of these than men ever do. Even so, the male species can still get the same disease.

Lie #8: Vaccines can cause autism

This is a dangerous lie.

FACT: Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines not only protect the person who is vaccinated, but through the effect of herd immunity, has the power to eradicate diseases. No one who has been vaccinated has ever contracted polio and it would be a serious failure on the part of medical science if polio ever came back.

Lie #9: “Humans only use 10% of their brains.”

There’s a reason why people like this lie so much – it gives them some comfort that they actually have hidden potential.

FACT: Brain scans show that we use our whole brain pretty much most of the time. In fact our brain as a single organ consumes a high amount of energy given its relatively small size.

So how many of the above "advices" have you heard from your grandparents or aunties?

Restore accidentally deleted photos from iOS/Android

Accidentally deleted smartphone pictures are not irretrievably lost in most cases.

The Photos app on iOS devices, for example, has an album called “Recently Deleted” under the Albums tab. Deleted pictures and videos are stored in this album for 30 days before being permanently erased.

Those with an Android smartphone can open the Menu on the Google Photos app by tapping it or swiping the screen from the left side and then selecting the Trash icon.

Google Photos stores pictures for 60 days before they are permanently erased.

Take the power back from Politicians

If you are running a business and you are serious about growing that business, one of the key ingredients is how to make the supplier or vendor work for you without having to scrutinise every single detail in the transaction and process required to achieve a quality supply.

You introduce competition because competition helps improve the supply in so many untold ways that may even surprise you. Most of us running a business or purchasing an item, or who are customers of a service, are at least vaguely aware of this basic economic principle of how competition exerts pressure on the efficient use of resources to produce a better product or service.

Strangely, or not so strangely, it can be applied to the political process as well. A tale of two or more suppliers can easily be translated to a tale of two or more political parties.

Interestingly enough, when we have the power to choose, we have power over suppliers or political parties. It appears to be true too, that during the time when our power peaks on May 9, we will be treated like honoured guests. Notice too, for example, it is the only period most of us are addressed as tuan or puan more times than we address the political leaders as such.

This power we hold for, unfortunately, only about two weeks is potent indeed.

We must use this great power to make a choice; otherwise when the power wanes and fades, most of us will be left with our little voices that can hardly move the gigantic government machinery to our benefit.

One of the reasons is perhaps because we are taken for granted. We are like soft furry lemmings obediently heading even to the edge of the cliff.

So what must we do? How do we extend our power beyond the two weeks of the election campaign? Fortunately, there is this idea: many leaders have talked about it and I would like to share it with you here.

This idea requires many furry lemmings to understand it and put the power into action. Only then will the power return to the people for a lot longer than just two weeks.

Simply, we change the vendor or the current political party ruling the government or the states. All things considered equal, at the whiff of questionable conduct or suspicion of underhanded tactics or even underperformance, like a purebred business venture, the rational decision is to change.

If all of us understand this simple concept, which works so well for business and competition, it will open up the kind of control, check and balance, transparency and accountability for which most of us have been crying and whining for years.

Imagine, with such an attitude, poor transparency and accountability, abuse, corruption, decay, bad practices, favouritism, cronyism, poor performance etc cannot last for more than one term, and leaders cannot get away with it, because as soon as the people catch a hint of something going awry, the power of the people will ensure the competing political party is called in to govern and all that has rotted will be rectified.

The result is that the political parties will begin to serve the people, as they are supposed to do.

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